Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Portrait: Gregory Peck

Another commission, this time of Gregory Peck. This commissioner is very fond of old movie stars and is getting quite a collection of pencil portraits. I've previously done Rita Hayworth, Gloria Grahame, Robert Redford, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift for the same client. Normally I don't do star portrait commissions but I started this series many years back and can't very well refuse now. 

I'm pretty sure this is from a publicity image for Twelve o'clock High, but I may be wrong. I started this before Kim Novak, and after Rita Hayworth, and it was a relief not to have any feathers, sequins or rhinestones to contend with!  Here's a progress animation. The whole thing took approximately 17.5 hours.

This is a graphite portrait. I used a 0.5 mechanical pencil with a #B lead, and an #8B solid graphite pencil, along with a selection of blending tools and erasers. For more information on my portraiture tools, please see this tutorial.

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